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Crown of Fire: Shandril's Saga, Book II Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2005
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This work is by Ed Greenwood (a highly imaginitive man who started the most-written-about land of fantasy in the world, "The Forgotten Realms" [you may know sites from books and games like Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Waterdeep]). His imagination is clearly displayed on every page and you'll love his delicate twists on typical and/or cliched fantasy that makes each event and character something new and intriguing.
This story is good and would be well-liked by fantasy readers.
What isn't so good is the writing. This is one of Ed's earlier books and I suspect he was working on a lot of projects at the time (I think this was around the era where he was really involved with getting Forgotten Realms up and running inside of Dungeons and Dragons' books as well as working on a few other pieces of fiction).
If read aloud, the words have such poor rhythmn that I found myself stumbling over them quite often. Sometimes I'd have to get my wife just to show someone else some of the strange groupings of words that read unclearly, unrhythmically or nerdy-dungeon-mastery. It's so rough that it takes a 4 star story down to a 2 star book.
All of that said, if you like the Forgotten Realms, you might like this book. It's worth checking out if you're hungry for more. And some people just love this style. But there's a lot better out there from this author and other authors.
I found myself quite disappointed with the writing. But I also found it imaginatively stimulating.
This book picks up where the first book left off and continues the story of Shandril. It's pretty good writing, and Ed Greenwood writes about the swords and sorcery things I like to read about. I don't know how many other books, and movies for that matter, that over the years have fallen short just because they don't have enough magic in them. While the whole Shandril Saga has way more "spellfire" than magic, it's still interesting and fun to read. The characters are funny and interesting and I really wanted to find out what happened to them next.
I felt like this book (#2 of 3) wasn't as good as the other two, but I can't really put my finger on it. I don't remember enough really to make any kind of detailed dissertation on it, but I remember it being a little slower-paced, and not quite as interesting as the other two were. All in all it was a definite must-read of course to get to the 3rd book (the best in the trilogy!).
The Shandril's Saga trilogy is one of my favorite series, and I look forward to rereading them one day.
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Just as good as it was the first time I read it. I have passed most of my forgotten realms books on to my son for him to enjoy.Published on April 5, 2014 by Ed is the best